About Us

Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma (ARBEST) is a state-funded program at the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute which aims to improve outcomes for traumatized children and families through excellence in clinical care, training, advocacy, and evaluation.

We work closely with child advocacy centers and other partners in the state to build a trauma-informed mental health system, and are best known for providing training to mental health professionals in treatments that are effective in helping children and families recover from trauma. Through this training– in addition to direct services, technical support, and outreach in the community– we are transforming the delivery of mental health services in Arkansas, so that children and families who have experienced trauma can recover and move forward with their lives.